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DOI - 21402 - Outer Continental Shelf Scientific Committee - Agency Authority
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameOuter Continental Shelf Scientific CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2015Committee Number21402
Original Establishment Date2/21/2006Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date9/30/2015Committee URLhttp://www.boem.gov/Outer-Continental-Shelf-Sci...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*17
Current Charter Date3/10/2014Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Chief Environmental Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date9/30/2015Designated Federal Officer First Name*Rodney
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameE.
Specific Termination Authority5 USC Appendix 2Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Cluck
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*AGENCYDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(703) 787-1087
Effective Date Of Authority*2/21/2006Designated Federal Officer Fax*(703) 787-1026
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*rodney.cluck@boem.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Scientific Committee (SC) provides advice on the feasibility, appropriateness, and scientific value of the OCS Environmental Studies Program (ESP) to the Secretary of the Interior through the Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The Committee consists of members with scientific expertise drawn primarily from academia, and its duties are narrowly limited to evaluating the quality of research proposals eligible for funding by the agency’s ESP. The SC reviews the relevance of proposed research and the subsequent information produced to meet BOEM’s scientific information needs for decision making; the Committee may recommend changes in scope, direction, and emphasis. In May 2013, the SC met in an open forum to address new opportunities and challenges, and review proposed studies for Fiscal Years (FY) 2014 and 2015. Focus was on the proposed studies for FY 2014. The Committee members broke into their respective Discipline Breakout Groups and reviewed 50 proposed new starts: 9 for Alaska; 10 for Atlantic, 14 for the Gulf of Mexico, and 8 for the Pacific Regions. HQ proposed 9 new starts. The accompanying discussions and advice of the SC were then incorporated into the decision making process leading to the successful approval by BOEM Directorate of the FY 2014 National Studies List – BOEM’s formal, annual research plan.
How is membership balanced?*The Secretary appoints non-Federal members based on technical skills and geographic representation. Members must meet the following criteria: scientific competence, reputation within their field of expertise, and ability to address important elements of BOEM’s research and science activities. BOEM's research and science activities span a diverse spectrum of environmental and socioeconomic disciplines pertinent to decision making of the OCS energy and minerals management programs. This responsibility requires a broad spectrum of expertise both in terms of scientific specialty and geographic range. Members are selected such that their expertise does not overlap. The OCS SC is also evenly divided into three sections covering the areas of physical, biological, and social sciences. Recommendations for appointment are based on the specific expertise of the appointee and the existing balance of the SC.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The full SC normally meets each April or May at the beginning of BOEM’s annual cycle to develop and vet those research projects being proposed under the auspices of the ESP to address BOEM’s information needs. Subcommittees met as necessary to address specific issues for further development.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The SC is unique and there are no other existing committees that serve this function. While the issues the SC addresses are long-term, complex scientific topics, they are also focused and mission driven. Other scientific type committees tend to be basic research oriented and thus do not provide the timely, focused advice as this Committee. Furthermore, other means of receiving public input, such as public hearings do not provide the thoughtful, consensus-based input that is sought from this Committee. In light of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Bulletin dated December 16, 2004, Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review, it specifically states that the earlier the peer review process starts the better and this Committee is the Bureau’s first phase of its peer-review process. Specifically, this group of non-Federal experts is consulted early in the process of developing specific, scientific information needs which are then further refined into individual research projects. Later, as the research projects progress, the SC is briefed for additional input/guidance.
Why close or partially close meetings?All meetings are open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksNo meetings were held in FY 2015.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has entered into a contract with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to establish a committee on environmental science and assessment for offshore energy resources. The committee will provide independent, scientifically credible and objective information on issues relevant to BOEM’s environmental studies and assessment activities and to support discussions on relevant issues.

The Committee has fulfilled its duties and will not be renewed.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentN/A
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentN/ANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentBecause BOEM’s information needs far outweigh its resources (funding ability), any actual savings to the Bureau is in terms of helping to ensure that the research (environmental studies) supported is properly aligned with the Bureau’s priorities. Since the OCS SC is comprised of distinguished scientists in biological, physical, chemical, and social sciences and selection is based on maintaining disciplinary expertise in all areas of research, as well as geographic balance, the members are able to provide timely advice and guidance during the development of the research design and provide peer-review of final products. BOEM is also better able to manage its limited resources and target the highest priorities.Grants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*66Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentTo better integrate the advice and guidance of the Committee into BOEM's ESP, the OCS SC traditionally meets in plenary session at the onset of the Studies Development Process, the cycle whereby the Bureau’s scientific information needs are developed into specific research projects for the next fiscal year. From 2004 to 2013, the SC made 66 recommendations. May 2013 meeting recommendations have not been included in the cumulative number of recommendations; waiting for official Letter to the Director.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*93.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentBOEM strives to implement 100 percent of the OCS SC recommendations. Recommendations are addressed as appropriate prior to the next meeting of the full SC. Several recommendations were not fully implemented in previous reporting periods. The recommendations from the May 2013 meeting have not been included in the cumulative percentage pending review and consideration by BOEM and the Department.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentN/AAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Prior to each OCS SC meeting, a letter is provided to each member addressing how the recommendations resulting from the previous meeting were addressed or being implemented.Narrative Description*No meetings were held in FY 2015.The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has entered into a contract with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to establish a committee on environmental science and assessment for offshore energy resources. The committee will provide independent, scientifically credible and objective information on issues relevant to BOEM’s environmental studies and assessment activities and to support discussions on relevant issues.The Committee has fulfilled its duties and will not be renewed.The OCS SC provides advice on the feasibility, appropriateness, and scientific value of the OCS ESP to the Secretary of the Interior through the Director of BOEM. The OCS SC reviews the relevance of proposed research and subsequent information produced to meet BOEM's scientific information needs for decision making and may recommend changes in scope, direction, and emphasis. The external independent review by the Committee strengthens the foundation of science used for BOEM decisions. Through the diverse associations of the Committee members, BOEM can learn of additional opportunities for building partnerships and with the nationally recognized scientific expertise of the members, BOEM can more effectively optimize resources use with environmental protection.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

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MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-004967Outer Continental Shelf Scientific Committee2014
 COM-005737Outer Continental Shelf Scientific Committee2013
 COM-006976Outer Continental Shelf Scientific Committee2012
 COM-007867Outer Continental Shelf Scientific Committee2011
 COM-009179Outer Continental Shelf Scientific Committee2010
 COM-009959Outer Continental Shelf Scientific Committee2009
 COM-011098Outer Continental Shelf Scientific Committee2008
 COM-011715Outer Continental Shelf Scientific Committee2007
 COM-013078Outer Continental Shelf Scientific Committee2006
 COM-013683Outer Continental Shelf Scientific Committee2005
 COM-014888Outer Continental Shelf Scientific Committee2004